Feeling thirsty all the time? This can be a sign that you’re not drinking enough water, and that your body isn’t getting enough of the fluids it needs to function optimally and remain healthy. Below are five simple tips to help you start drinking more water every day!
- Invest in a quality water bottle Invest in a quality water bottle. The worst thing about drinking water is that you have to drink it from something. If your current drinking vessel looks like a dirty, old coffee mug or if it’s covered in lint, you’re going to want to invest in a quality water bottle. There are tons of options on the market these days and they’re not just for hydration anymore – they can be used as an insulated lunch box, an ice pack, or even as a dishwasher-safe food container. Whether you’re looking for something simple and basic or something with added features like straws, loops, and handles there’s definitely one out there that will suit your needs. Just make sure to buy a high quality product so you don’t find yourself buying another one any time soon. Try filling up at least four bottles each day: One of the easiest ways to increase how much water you consume throughout the day is by simply carrying more than one bottle with you at all times. The key here is being realistic about what you expect and then working toward those goals incrementally. For example, if this week you only fill up three bottles per day but commit to filling up four bottles per day next week – then by month’s end, your goal will be met!
- Set daily goals The first step is to set some daily goals for yourself. Do you want to drink more than 10 glasses of water per day? Great! How about drinking 1 liter of water per day? That’s a whole lot of water, but it’s an achievable goal. What about having your own personal goal for the number of glasses you want to drink every day? Write this down on a piece of paper or use a note-taking app so that you can keep track of your progress. The next step is figuring out what time frame you want to drink all those glasses in. Do you have one hour in the morning, when you’re getting ready for work, or do you have hours in the evening when everyone else is asleep and it’s just you and Netflix? Whatever your preference is, choose something that works best with your schedule. Once you’ve figured out when you’ll be able to drink all of these glasses, write it down. When the time comes, try and drink the amount that you’ve planned out at least three times a week. One way to do this is by setting a timer on your phone . Whatever method works best for you, just make sure that you stay consistent with how often you’re drinking water so that it becomes habit! When doing something new, like making a change in our habits, we might find ourselves feeling discouraged because we don’t know where to start. But as soon as we get going and commit to that change then everything starts falling into place.
- Drink a glass of water with every meal It’s easy to forget about drinking water when you’re eating, but there are a few things you can do to make sure you get enough fluids. Drink a glass of water with every meal and snack, or at least 2 cups of water with each meal. If you’re feeling hungry between meals and need something refreshing, try sipping on some iced tea or fruit-infused waters. Try not to drink anything other than water for an hour before bedtime because liquids like coffee and soda can interrupt your sleep cycle and leave you feeling tired the next day. There are plenty of ways to stay hydrated during the day so be sure that it’s one of your top priorities! Don’t rely only on juices, sodas or teas as they don’t offer much in the way of nutrition and can have high amounts of sugar. Aim to have 8 glasses (or 8 ounces) per day in order to keep yourself from getting dehydrated. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – your body has already told you that it needs water by producing a dry mouth and giving off signals like red eyes and headaches.
- Add fruits or vegetables to your water #1. Add some fruits or vegetables to your water. Just add a slice of lemon, cucumber, or even apple (or fruit of your choice). Adding fruits and vegetables to water not only increases the taste, but it also adds in essential vitamins and minerals that are good for you. #2. Keep a jug at work. Sometimes we forget about how much water we drink throughout the day when we’re at work because we’re not drinking it from a glass like at home. It can be helpful to have a jug of water at your desk so you don’t have an excuse for not drinking enough water during the day. #3. Invest in a reusable bottle with an infuser filter insert and fruit inside it. The infuser filters allow you to choose which type of fruit you want infused into your water, giving you endless flavor possibilities. And as an added bonus, adding fruit into the mix provides antioxidants and other nutrients-including vitamin C-to your daily regimen.
- Keep track of your progress.
- -Drink water before you eat your meal.
- -Drink a glass of water as soon as you wake up in the morning.
- -Carry a refillable water bottle with you everywhere.
- -Keep a bottle of water by your side at work, on your desk, and in the car.
- -Take sips of plain water throughout the day whenever you feel hungry or thirsty.
- -Drink a glass of warm lemon water before bedtime for improved digestion and better sleep quality.
- -Beware of hidden sources of added sugar that can add unnecessary calories to your diet: carbonated drinks, juices, smoothies, sweetened coffee/tea drinks.
- -Don’t drink fluids from plastic bottles if they contain BPA (check the bottom).
Avoid canned beverages like soda or juice because these beverages often contain high levels of sodium which can lead to fluid retention. Read labels carefully when buying bottled water. Some bottled waters are deceptively labeled as natural spring when they’re actually just filtered tap water so make sure you check the label before purchasing it.
If you have an especially hard time drinking the recommended amount of 8 glasses a day, try adding lime or cucumber slices to your cold water; this will not only help you reduce hunger pangs but also help curb cravings since both have anti-inflammatory properties.
But remember to stay hydrated during workouts too–drinking plenty of water after working out helps flush toxins out and cools the body down. To increase your intake, add fruit such as apples and berries into the mix to increase fiber content and include sparkling water in addition to plain old H2O for some bubbles!
I hope you found this helpful!